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Half Sick of Stitching: Knit the City take over Tate Britain

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Deadly Knitshade, London, Permission to Yarnstorm, The Fastener, UK, Workshops, Yarnstorms | 2 comments

Half Sick of Stitching: Knit the City take over Tate Britain

On London’s lazy river lies an art museum known worldwide, That houses art of many kinds Including Waterhouse’s pride The Lady of Shalott.   To Tate the sneaky stitchers lope, Taking a single knitted rope, To weave it into what they hope, Shows traces of Shalott. Inside the quiet gallery, They tame the cord for all to see, And turn it into poetry, Pinched from the fair Shalott. And up and down the people go, While there a woolly lily grows, With soft blue water down below, Its roots grown from Shalott. Four fibrous woolly handmade towers, Conjured up by knitting powers, To show the place that once embower’d, The Lady of Shalott.   And from the painting’s world there came A candelabra all aflame To light the yarnstorm in the name Of the missing Shallot. And at the head a mighty steed From the tangled cord was freed To give then noble knight god speed, Twas brave Sir Lancelot! The knight’s gloved hand emerged there too Clutching a bugle which he blew, Part of the growing woolly view Of pieces of Shalott. And last their golden craftwork writes “But in her web she still delights To weave the mirror’s magic sights…” And there it shone beneath Tate’s lights To tell tales of Shallot.   And when the yarnstorm all was done They beckoned passers by to join In weaving magic of their own To celebrate Shallot.     When all was made and ends were tied  They put their miles of cord aside And left the web to go outside “I’m half sick of stitching,” sighed The Stitchers of Shalott. And folks that wandered in their wake Marvelled at the yarnstormed make And said “I hope they got some cake Those Stitchers of Shallot.”       Half Sick of Stitching was yarnstormed by Knit the City’s Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener, with lovely lilypads conjured and countless lengths of cord churned out by Shorna the Dead, and more crafty cord conjured by Lady Loop. The yarnstorm was part of  Tate Loud, an interactive art event by Punchdrunk at London’s Tate Britain on September 22nd 2012. All artworks were inspired by the Lady of Shalott: an 1888 oil-on-canvas painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse. The painting was absent from the museum and our pieces were the traces it left behind. Every single piece of the Half Sick of Stitching yarnstorm is made from handmade knitted cord. Cool, no? We’d like to thank every one who dropped in to our free workshop and handmade bits of our woolly spider web, and the lovely Stitch Sages from Stitch London who helped pass on the stitching skills. Apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson for turning his poem woolly. Read the full Lady of Shalott poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson over...

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Permission to Yarnstorm: Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Deadly Knitshade, London, Permission to Yarnstorm, The Fastener, Yarnstorms | Comments Off on Permission to Yarnstorm: Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks

Permission to Yarnstorm: Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks

What happens when one of London’s most famous art museums invites two of London’s most infamous sneaky stitchers through the doors and lets them bring the yarnstorm with them? Simple really. We took the art world and our world of woolly mischief and squished them together. Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener yarnstormed Tate Britain in arty style… The Fastener conjured up colours from the Tate’s collection. All that painty potential squeezed into tiny tubes ready to break free and run riot on the canvas, patiently waiting to be dabbed onto the end of a brush and turned into art. The Fastener’s Crochet Tubes of Tate Colour were a needle-made nod in the direction of some of the most famous paintings in the Tate’s collection: And all three colours bloom in one of Tate Britain’s most famous paintings too (if only Ophelia has taken up graffiti knitting things might have ended more happily for her). Deadly Knitshade had artists of her own in mind. Artists whose gallery was a little less usual than the hallowed halls of London’s art museums. The art of the spray can and stencil was about to get squishy. As Picasso once said “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.” (a quote which Banksy then stole). Deadly Knitshade’s Stitched Street Art Salute pinched iconic images from street graffiti’s best known artists and turned them into woolly works of art.  Tate Britain successfully stitched up. Mischief managed.     Tate Britain Unexpected Artworks was yarnstormed at Tate Britian’s Tate Late event on  September 2 2011 by Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener. Thanks in stitched spadeloads to Tate Britain (and the helpful and art-loving Aimee and Adrian) for inviting us to yarnstorm. It was an honour to be showcased amongst such amazing artists and we’re proud to have been able to bring the sneaky stitch to one of London’s loveliest museums. For more on this yarnstorm check out: Deadly Knitshade’s Stitched Street Art Salute The Fastener’s Stitching Up the...

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Berlin: The lonesome tale of the Woolly Currywurst

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Berlin Book Launch, Deadly Knitshade, Germany, Lady Loop, Shorn-a the Dead, Travelling Yarnstorms, Yarnstorms | 2 comments

Berlin: The lonesome tale of the Woolly Currywurst

The last installment of our Berlin Book Launch: So far our book launch had included floating fairytale Brothers Grimm and ‘I heart Berlin’ bears, flying frog princes, and skybound riverside squid. All of them had enjoyed a bit of the book-launch limelight. It was almost time to pack up our yarn and go home. But someone hadn’t had their fifteen minutes of fame, and that someone was a spicy stitched sausage. Shorn-a the Dead had created a Woolly Currywurst to bring to Berlin and in all the excitement he’d been overshadowed and left all alone. For those not in the know the Currywurst is something of a star in Germany. It consists of a German pork sausage smothered in a ketchuppy sauce with curry powder on top, and over 800 million of the sausagey treats are sold every year. Even Wikipedia tells anyone who cares to look that “The currywurst is an icon of German popular culture.” Our Woolly Currywurst clearly wasn’t getting the star sausage treatment he so richly deserved. It was a wrong that had to be righted. First we took him to a real live fast food joint to see where many Currywurst were born. Next we hooked him up with some hungry bespectacled Berlin tourists who he partied with for several hours. I’m sorry to say things got a bit out of hand. At one point our Woolly Currywurst was seen dancing on the table, flinging fries and sauce with wild abandon. Lucky for us a stitched sausage only has so much energy. Eventually the party was over. Once we were recovered it was off outside for a brisk walk. Things, however, got a little hairy as a furry passerby fell for the Currywurst’s charms. Then emotions ran high when we introduced him to his meaty brethren and spicy snack food family. There were tasty tears of reunion happiness. Awwwwwww. And as the book launch adventure drew to a close there was only one place we could think of that was deserving of our celebrity Currywurst. We finally arrived at Berlin’s famous Currywurst Museum! (We kid you not. Look!) The staff inside were ever so welcoming to their brand-new woolly Wurst. They also hid the fact that they thought we were quite mad very well indeed. Our Woolly Currywurst might be smothered in spicy sauce but he’s nobody’s fool. He checked out the place to make sure it was fit for a king Currywurst. And at last he was satisfied. Here was where he would lay his woolly head (we’re not sure which end his head is but he seemed happy). We placed him under the Currywurst Ticker and said our goodbyes to a spicy sausage like no other. *dabs at eyes with napkin* Auf Wiedersehen, Woolly Currywurst, and goodbye Berlin. We had the best German Book Launch ever. Thanks for having us! The Lonesome Tale of the Woolly Currywurst was played out in the sunny city of Berlin on March 7 2011 by Shorn-a the Dead (who knit both the sausage and the sauce and fries), with Deadly Knitshade and Lady Loop. The Currywurst was created to celebrate our brand-new book Knit the City –Maschenhaft Seltsames being released in Germany. Small dog pic used with kind permission from MrHillMonster. A huge woolly hug to Ulla, Susanne and the team in Berlin at our lovely publishers, Hoffmann und Campe, for making us so welcome in your wonderful city. We had a fantastic time and we plan to come back soon. Apologies for taking so very long to blog it. I’ve been writing the UK version...

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Yarnstorm the Eleventh: Stitched Sealife Escapees

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Deadly Knitshade, London, Shorn-a the Dead, The Fastener, Yarnstorms | 2 comments

Yarnstorm the Eleventh: Stitched Sealife Escapees

We interrupt this programme to bring you breaking news from London’s Natural History Museum. Reports are flooding in that four of the Museum’s inmates have broken out of their jars and are causing havoc throughout the building.

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